In an interview on ‘The Pivot podcast,’ the former professional wrestler revealed that he dropped out of school during his university days, stating
“I didn’t want to go to school.”
The ‘Sky Scapper’ star added that at the time, he wasn’t aware that he was depressed and didn’t have any knowledge of mental well-being.
He explained that he struggled with depression again when he got a divorce,
“Years later, I went through it again when I got a divorce. Didn’t know what it was”.
“Years later, around 2017 or so, went through a little bit. I knew what it was at that time, and luckily, at that time, I had some friends who I could lean on, and say, ‘You know, I’m feeling a little wobbly now. Got a little struggle happening. I’m seeing a little grey and not the blue.'”
The actor credited his daughters with being his
“saving grace” during his periods of depression, “You look at them, and you realize, ‘Well, I mean, really, this is what it’s all about.'”
Johnson, 51, encouraged men to speak out about their mental health struggles, saying that society teaches them to face tough times alone and keep things to themselves. He also revealed that he lost two male friends to depression and suicide.
Johnson is a proud father of three girls.
His first daughter, Simone Johnson is 21, whom he shares with ex-wife Dany Garcia, as well as Jasmine Johnson, 7, and Tiana Johnson, 5, whom he shares with his wife, Lauren Hashian.
In 2021, he opened up about raising daughters to PEOPLE and said that it has helped him be “more tender and gentle,” adding that he and his wife are raising his two younger daughters in “an environment and a culture where there are no limits to life.”
He is also widely known for showing off his sweet parenting practices on social media.